Healthy Homes, Healthy Families
The EPA estimates that between work, home and school, we spend about 90% of our time indoors.¹ Couple that statistic with studies that show indoor air quality in any one of those places can be significantly worse than outdoor air and can expose people and animals to a spectrum of other environmental hazards. Put these two points together and the urgency behind Southface’s mission to create a healthy built environment for all comes into clear focus.
What does your home environment contain?
Many of us don’t consider our home as a place that could harm our health. But the materials we bring into it; how hot, cold or humid it gets; the amount of natural light it provides; and what contaminants we may be interacting with can all substantially affect our physical and mental health. With our Healthy Homes, Healthy Families initiative, Southface seeks to put a spotlight on a healthy built environment for all of us, with information that everyone can use.
Tips to make your home healthier
In the weeks to come, we’ll be exploring topics around best practices for indoor air quality, energy efficiency, cleaning materials and home safety and debunk some myths about what makes a healthy home.
We also invite you to enter for a chance to win a free Southface Home Energy Audit or Indoor Air Quality Assessment so that you can discover how energy efficient or healthy your home is.
Southface as high-performance building leader
Southface has been at the forefront of healthy homes and workplaces in the Southeast for over 20 years. Our EarthCraft House program helps to ensure high-performing and healthy homes are a reality for all, through frameworks including the Georgia’s Qualified Allocation Plan (QAP) and the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program, which has helped thousands of families in Georgia live in healthy, affordable homes.
As a Healthy Homes Training Center partner, Southface has been a leader in providing courses to builders and homeowners to learn how to mitigate and prevent these potential threats to indoor health. Please watch our course listings to look for additional offerings in the fall.
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